This is going to be a power blog today.
Sven Mistlinat dropped an excellent interview with Rapha Honigstein in The Athletic. He basically defended all his signings and gave clear rationale as to why the club made the decisions. He also pumped Matteo and Mavrapanos, saying the Greek defender is the fastest defender in the league, and Matteo should have stayed with us.
Without doubt, we’d be a stronger club with Sven here. A lack of leadership didn’t work out well for his tenure at Arsenal. If Ivan G had stayed, he would have managed the process a little bit better and Raul wouldn’t have been allowed to run roughshod on him or the Arsenal brand. It is what it is… he’s doing a good job in Germany with a young collection of players. Hopefully Edu can do something similar with us this summer.
Arteta reckons we’re about to bang.
“This is where we are but sometimes it is difficult to see the moment now, but I’m sure [of] where we are going.
“We have created a really strong group, a really strong bond with our players, with our fans, with our staff and that is going to pay big in the future.
“If you are not inside the club every day and know exactly what is going on within the club, the only way to convince anybody is to win
Points follow performances… Unai Emery was winning points without performacnes, and it caught up with him. We are performing but not winning points.
Cut out the errors in both boxes and this team will fly.
Our summer is HUGELY important to the revolution. The Arsenal machine has some parts that will always break down. We need to address those and Arteta needs to be fucking ruthless about that instead of believing his own coaching hype like he did last summer. Some things cannot be fixed.
My hope is that we start to match results to our performances starting now.
My second hope is that the plan going into the summer is sexy and clear.
Get rid of the dregs. Sign in young players with high ceilings. Hit the ground running next season.
There is a lot to be excited about. Don’t listen to the moaners that can only make a point by considering the entire season in the worst possible light. This was a transition season. It was a pandemic year, which is why you can’t compare it to any season EVER. The key point… we have found something. The coaching is starting to pay dividends. We are on the right track with the right coach.
What are the chances we could have an easy night for once this season?
It’s a huge game. Let’s see what we have. Let’s keep ’em crossed for a big win.
See you in the comments.